Thread: Buck-passing bullshit.

The Repubs are tempting fate, trying to allocate blame for Obama’s loss in November. Obviously it’s a little presumptuous.

If Romney wins, it’s not Obama’s fault, it’s not Bill Clinton’s fault. It wasn’t caused by the attack in Benghazi or the weak economy.

It’s time to lay the blame squarely where it would belong if we elect Mitt Romney president.

It’s the American people’s fault.

We have been disclaiming our power for far too long. It’s become habitual. And it’s wrong. In the United States, according to our much-revered Constitution, if you want to know who to blame for things being royally fucked up, just look in the mirror.

When I suggested to the people in the Occupy movement, at least the ones who would listen, that after they finished with the occupations that we should move on to fight voter suppression, I was told, uniformly that our votes don’t matter and there’s no difference between Obama and Romney. I recognize that as pure bullshit.

The reason we get bullshit candidates, to the extent that we do, is that we ask for bullshit. And they give us what we want. Bullshit. And lots of it.

A picture named buckstop.gifI said last month that we suffer greatly from a lack of imagination. We are not creative. If we increased voter turnout, we the people, not some campaign or political party, or paranoid focus group like Christians or the Tea Party, if ordinary Americans of all political persuasions got together and decided that voting matters — then get this — voting would matter. It might even inspire a candidate like Obama to trust us, a little, and start telling more truth about things like cyber-terrorism and climate change. Instead we’re arming our military to fight World War II and we’re building stupid pipelines and fracking our water, and basically continuing to screw everything up. For no good reason other than we don’t want to deal with reality.

So when President Obama said to Rolling Stone that young people recognize a bullshitter, and Romney certainly is the biggest bullshitter we’ve ever seen run for President, he’s saying that he understands something that apparently very few Americans get. The buck doesn’t really stop at the desk of the President. Ultimately, the buck stops with us.

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About Dave Winer

Dave Winer, 54, pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in Berkeley, California.
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